INDONESIA: Severing US Ties Will Hit Economy
Indonesian business leaders and analysts have warned that cutting diplomatic ties with the US could disrupt the economic recovery programme beyond repair, bankrupting at least half of the country's factories, and losing millions of jobs. A chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Iman Taufik, said that although the US was "not right" to attack Afghanistan in search of Osama bin Laden, severing diplomatic ties with the US as a result would be disastrous for Indonesia. He pointed out that anti-American reactions had already caused losses to various industries.
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